Weber School District is considering going out of bond in the November 2021 Election. The Board of Education is currently gathering information through surveys, focus groups, public meetings and other research methods in order to make an informed decision on what projects should appear on the bond and what the potential impact will be to taxpayers. The Board is expected to make an official decision in August. For more information on the 2021 bond, go to:
The District’s independent auditor uses the District’s audit committee to communicate certain matters to upper management and the Board. The audit committee includes three members of the Board, the District superintendent, and the business administrator. The three members of the Board report audit findings and other financial considerations to the Board. The Board is responsible for the oversight of the financial reporting process.
Jon Ritchie - President, Weber Board of Education; Audit Committee Chair
Douglas Hurst - Member, Weber Board of Education; Audit Committee Member
Paul Widdison - Member, Weber Board of Education; Audit Committee Member
Below are policies that were passed on first reading.
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WHAT IS A BOND ELECTION?
The process where a public entity goes to the voters to ask for permission to borrow money for facilities.
WHEN WILL THE BOND ELECTION TAKE PLACE?
Tuesday, June 26th, 2012, in conjunction with the general primary election.
WHAT WILL BE ON THE BALLOT?
A request for voters to approve the issuance of bonds for 65 million dollars to be used for renovation and new school construction.
HOW MUCH WILL THE BOND COST EACH TAXPAYER?
The tax rate will remain the same; and therefore, property owners will see no increase in their tax rate. However, the ballot will show a $37.00 increase on a $193,000 residence, which would be the increase if the district was not restructuring current debt.
HOW CAN BOND MONEY BE USED?
Bond money can only be spent for new school construction, property for school sites, furnishings, and remodeling/renovation projects. Bond money cannot be used on operation expenses.
WHAT PROJECTS ARE PLANNED?
Money would be used for the replacement of:
West Weber Elementary (1928)
Wahlquist Jr. High (1942)
North Park Elementary (1959)
Marlon Hills Elementary (1960)
Club Heights Elementary (1942)
(Note: Marlon and Club Heights would be consolidated.)
Money would be used for a Rocky Mountain Jr. High ten-classroom addition, North Ogden Jr. High gymnasium and cafeteria expansion and other smaller construction projects throughout the district.
WHY DO SCHOOLS NEED TO BE REPLACED?
The average age of the schools being replaced is 68 years old. The oldest is 84 years old. These schools lack the safety features, accessibility to the disabled as well as the infrastructure needed for optimal education. In addition, construction costs and interest rates are at an all time low.
WHAT GROWTH IS WEBER SCHOOL DISTRICT EXPERIENCING?
The district has grown by 2,322 students in the past decade and 1,649 since the bond of 2006. We are currently using 78 portable buildings as a temporary solution for overcrowding. Growth is particularly heavy in the northern and western portions of the school district. Bonding will enable the district to better address increased enrollment.
WHAT ABOUT THE AGING SCHOOL IN MY NEIGHBORHOOD?
Weber School District officials are aware that there are other needs in our district. More than half of all schools were built before 1970. An in depth evaluation has been conducted and the schools slated for rebuilding are those in the greatest need of replacement at this time. The construction of additional schools is planned for the near future; however, doing so now would mean having a tax increase associated with the bond.
WHAT WILL HAPPEN IF THE BOND IS NOT PASSED?
The schools in our community have needs that must be addressed. Our schools continue to age and construction costs continue to increase. If the initiative did not pass it would be placed on the ballot at a later date, however, the cost to the taxpayer would likely increase.
HOW MAY I OBTAIN AN ABSENTEE BALLOT OR REGISTER TO VOTE?
(801) 399-8400 or you may obtain an application online at
WHERE CAN MORE INFORMATION BE OBTAINED?
(801) 476-7800 or email us at
On June 26, 2006 voters said "YES" to a $65 million dollar bond to give Weber School District the go-ahead to replace and upgrade aging school buildings. The district's plan for a new elementary school, an addition to Farr West Elementary, an addition to Hooper Elementary and a remodel at Roy High School started immediately. Future plans involve a new building for North Ogden Elementary, an addition to Valley Elementary, a new building for South Ogden Jr. High and one new additional elementary school.
"Growth is the primary factor for the need for new buildings and additions. As populations grow, obviously needs grow, so that's really what we're looking at," said district facilities director, Drew Wilson. The collaborative effort between the school system and patrons demonstrates leadership, teamwork and vision. "Together we?re facing the challenge head-on."
The new elementary school in Plain City is nearing completion with an opening date scheduled for the fall of 2007. The community of Plain City is buzzing with excitement about the new school and the resources and opportunities it will bring to the area.
The new school is a prototype of West Haven Elementary and Freedom Elementary. The building will consist of 37 classrooms, a media center, gym, cafeteria, office, computer room and an assortment of smaller areas to add flexibility to the environment and curriculum.
Also, additions to Farr West Elementary and Hooper Elementary and the remodel at Roy High School, is well on its way.
The Board of Education welcomes public input and participation at Board meetings. During the meeting, individuals or groups may address the Board concerning any agenda item subject to the following rules:
Policies and Procedures
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Weber School District is committed to provide educational experiences which motivate each student to become a lifelong learner, attain academic and personal potential, and enter the work force with the necessary skills.
We envision a child-centered school district where each student is given multiple opportunities to achieve his/her academic, social, emotional, and physical potential in a safe, nurturing environment; where caring employees are committed to excellence based on best practices in instruction; and where educators, parents and community members are full partners in the education of children.
All three bonds (2000, 2006 & 2012) were passed without an increase in tax rates!
The general obligation bonded debt of the district is limited by state law to 4% of the fair market value of the total taxable property in the district. The legal debt limit at June 30, 2013, is $466,192,885. General obligation debt at June 30, 2013 is $102,630,000 resulting in a legal debt margin of $363,562,885. Weber School District is currently at 22% of total bonding capacity.
FY 14 Overall Rate Rank
Energy Consumed Throughout Weber School District in 2003
(Note: This is the year we adopted an aggressive Energy Management Program)
Energy Consumed Throughout Weber School District in 2013
(Year 10 in our Energy Management Program)
Since 2003, Weber School District has added more than 650,000 square feet of new building space (equivalent to 2 high schools) in order to accommodate student enrollment growth, which has increased from 28,134 in 2000 to 31,028 in 2014 – an increase of 2,894 students!
TOTAL COST AVOIDANCE = $19,486,891.00 over the past 10 years.
2012 Enrollment Data
Among the 7 most populous school districts in the state of Utah, WEBER DISTRICT RANKS FIRST in terms of student/administrator efficiency with a ratio of 344 students per 1 administrator. The next three districts have a ratio of 289 students to 1 administrator.
Weber School District
School District B
School District C
School District D
School District E
School District F
School District G
These data were furnished by James Behunin, a legislative auditor, while conducting an assessment of administrative FTE ratio in local school districts. These were the only districts for which Mr. Behunin provided data.
Weber School District is under the leadership of Superintendent Dr. Jeff Stephens, Assistant Superintendent Lori Rasmussen, and Assistant Superintendent Art Hansen with appointed board members. The Weber District Board of Education and Superintendents welcome your comments.
Dr. Jeff Stephens began his career in Weber School District in 1984 as an English and Reading teacher at Wahlquist Jr. High School. In 1994 he was appointed as an administrative intern and served in that capacity for one year at Roy High School. Dr. Stephens was named assistant principal at South Ogden Jr. High in 1995 and was appointed as principal at South Jr. in 1998. He served in that capacity until 2000 when he was named as Curriculum and Instruction Director for Weber School District. In 2004, the Weber School District Board of Education appointed Dr. Stephens to the position of Assistant Superintendent where his responsibilities included involvement with curriculum and instruction programs, CTE and the Foundation. In April 2011 Jeff Stephens was named as Superintendent of Weber School District. Dr. Stephens received his Bachelor of Science Degree and Master of Education Degree from Weber State University; his Administrative/Supervisory Endorsement in 1993 and received his Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from Utah State University in 1994. He has also received an Advanced Reading Endorsement from the Utah State Office of Education. Dr. Stephens has provided leadership in local, state, and national professional organizations and has been presented with numerous recognitions, honors and awards for his leadership and abilities. Weber School District is pleased to have Dr. Jeff Stephens at the helm of the District.
Jon Ritchie represents patrons in Weber School District Precinct #7, which includes a portion of Roy City and a small portion of unincorporated Weber County. He has served on the Board of Education since 2003 during which time he was Board Vice President from 2009-2017 and was appointed as Board President in October of 2017. During his tenure he has served on a variety of committees, including the Audit Committee and the Capital Improvement Committee. Mr. Ritchie attended Weber schools and graduated from Roy High School. He attended Weber University in the Emergency Medical Services field and received his EMT certification in 1981. He began his career with Roy City Fire Department in 1984 as a Firefighter/EMT and was later promoted to Captain, Deputy Chief and was named Roy City Fire Chief in 2000. He has served in leadership capacities on county and state fire association boards. He generously volunteers his time in his community, church and with community councils in area schools. He is married to the former Jane Woodall and they have four daughters. Mr. Ritchie brings to the Board outstanding leadership skills, is diligent in fulfilling his responsibilities, and has a keen sense of community involvement.
Dean Oborn resides in Pleasant View, Utah and represents Weber School District Precinct #1 which includes all of Pleasant View, a portion of Plain City, Farr West, Harrisville and North Ogden. He has been a member of the Board of Education since 2007 and is currently serving as a member of the district Travel Committee. He also represents Weber School District on the Utah High Schools Activities Association Board of Trustees and is a member of the Utah School Board Association Delegate Assembly. Mr. Oborn graduated from Ogden High School in 1961 and received his Bachelor’s Degree in Zoology/Botany from Weber State College in 1967. He was a Biology teacher at Roy High and Weber High for 17 years. In 1976 he received his Master’s Degree in Secondary Education and soon after received his Administrative/Supervisory certification. Mr. Oborn was appointed as Principal of Roy Jr. High School from 1992-1997 and was named Principal of Weber High School in 1997. He served in that capacity until his retirement in 2000, totaling 31 years of service in Weber District. Mr. Oborn has been the recipient of many educational awards including: Utah Biology Teacher of the Year, The Good School Management Award from Weber School District and the Golden Apple Award from Utah PTA. He is married to the former Edith Thomas and they have three children and ten grandchildren. Mr. Oborn brings to the Board a vast wisdom in educational policies and procedures and has first-hand experience in school leadership skills.
Douglas Hurst of Washington Terrace, Utah represents Weber School District Precinct #5 which includes Riverdale and a portion of Washington Terrace. He was elected to the Board of Education in 2008. He currently serves on the district Audit Committee which oversees district financial matters and the Capital Improvement Committee which advises in the purchase, sale or maintenance of district property as well as other improvements in district facilities. Mr. Hurst attended Ogden City Schools graduating from Ogden High School. He received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting with a minor in Banking & Finance from Weber State University in 1972. He has had a successful career as a Certified Public Accountant and is also a licensed contractor for residential construction. He is married to the former Kathleen Flannery and together they have four children and seven grandchildren. Mr. Hurst brings to the Board a valuable expertise and knowledge in all financial areas.
Elected in 2014, Janis Christensen is a long-time resident of North Ogden, serving Weber School District, Precinct 6, which includes an eastern portion of North Ogden and all of Ogden Valley. She represents Weber School District on the Ogden Valley Park and Recreation Committee and the Utah School Boards Association Board of Directors. Educated in parochial schools in the Midwest, Mrs. Christensen received a Bachelor of Science degree in English, with minors in Education and Communications, from the University of Minnesota. As a former educator, she was a Title I instructor and focused on the areas of her training, pursuing additional studies in English as a Second Language. Her teaching career included opportunities in Minnesota, Michigan, California and Utah public schools. Mrs. Christensen and her husband Allen have 5 sons and a daughter--all graduates of Weber School District schools. They are grandparents of 23 children, all of whom will attend Utah schools and 8 of whom will be Weber District students. During the 20 years her children were in school, she worked diligently and effectively as a member and officer of her local PTA. She is a strong advocate for families, having served with the conservative organization, United Families International, as a lobbyist for family values at the United Nations in New York City and its sister facility in Geneva, Switzerland. Doing so, she has become keenly aware of the importance of the involvement of families in the administrative process if we are to achieve the best possible education for all Weber District students. As a volunteer staff member for the past 10 years at the Utah State Senate, she highly encourages citizens who want the best for Utah’s children to be aware and involved in the legislative process as it relates to Education in Utah. Due to her professional background, her lobbyist and legislative experiences, and her role as a motivated mother and grandmother, Janis Christensen brings a unique and valuable perspective and strength to the Weber School Board.
Paul Widdison represents Weber School District Precinct #4 which includes Hooper and the communities of western Weber County. He was born and raised in Hooper and attended Weber County Schools graduating from Roy High School. He attended Weber State College and has worked for 35 years in the Aerospace industry on several programs including the Space Shuttle, Peacekeeper and Minuteman missiles, and currently on the next generation SLS program. He was awarded NASA’s “Silver Snoopy” from the Astronaut Corps recognizing his contribution to successful manned space flight. He represents Weber School District on the Board of Directors for the Ogden-Weber Technical College, and also serves on the WSD Audit and Insurance committees. He lives in Hooper with his wife Debbie. They have four children and five grandchildren. Mr. Widdison brings extensive knowledge and experience in STEM related fields and business.
Bruce Jardine represents Weber School District Precinct 3, which includes the communities of South Ogden and Uintah. He was appointed to the school board in September of 2017. He was born and raised in Ogden and graduated from Ben Lomond High School. A long-time resident of Weber County, he and his wife Diane have raised three children and have eight grandchildren. As president and owner of Lynn Woodward Electric, he brings over 35 years of experience in the construction industry. Mr. Jardine has outstanding leadership skills and believes in the strength of young people. He recently returned from a three-year religious mission for his church where he had responsibility for over 600 individuals. He is a strong advocate for families and education and recognizes the value of learning as children progress and contribute in society. He is committed to making a positive contribution in our community and the development of children.
Jan Burrell was elected as a new board member and represents Precinct 2, deeply dedicated to the Roy community she calls home. She comes with a 41 year professional background in education and the issues, concerns and policies that address the needs of today's youth. Her experience includes recognition of varied curriculum delivery models, a solid grasp of mental health needs and the growing demands of our diverse communities. As a first generation college graduate, she credits her desire to serve to parents who recognized the vision and value of public education.